Homemade faux stained glass candle holders make lovely DIY home decor and are an excellent handmade gift idea.
Faux stained glass candle holders are a handpainted craft for kids and adults. Creating stained glass effects with glass paint is a simple hack that looks gorgeous. These beautiful square votives make a unique homemade gift idea that even kids can make.
Faux Stained Glass Candle Holders
Using glass paint to create the look of stained glass is a simple process. It’s easy, but it’s not quick. It takes time to allow the liquid (lead-free) leading to dry completely before painting. Click HERE for another project that uses glass paint without the liquid leading.
My preschool daughter and I spent 10 to 15 minutes painting the candle holders pictured over several days. The project’s materials and nature are better served with ample drying time for each side. Make sure to give yourself enough time to complete this project if you plan to give it as a gift.
Faux Stained Glass Candle Holder Craft Materials
- Rubbing alcohol
- Square votive candle holders
- Glass paint
- Liquid leading
- Paintbrush set
- Painting smock for kids
- Tealight candles [to complete the gift]
How to Make Faux Stained Glass Candle Holders
This faux stained glass project is not something that you sit down and do all at once. It is beneficial to allow sufficient drying time for the liquid (lead-free) leading and drying time for the glass paint. If you are assisting a young child, I recommend breaking the project into bite-sized steps that you tackle over several days.
Step 1 – Wipe votives with rubbing alcohol
Use a rubbing alcohol or witch hazel and recycled piece of cloth or cotton ball to clean the surface of the candle holder.
Step 2 – Create pattern with liquid leading
Use liquid leading to create lines in any way you like. Younger artists will need an adult’s assistance. Allow 12-48 hours drying time.
Step 3 – Fill in leading lines on candle holders with glass paint
Invite your child to fill in the areas between the leading lines with glass paint or do it yourself. Glass paint needs to be painted on thick, or it’s hard to see. This is usually not a problem for children because they tend to load their brushes with too much paint–lol! Have a look at the photo tutorial below to see the process in action.
Related: Hand Painted Votives Gift Idea
Homemade Stained Glass Candle Holders
Creating the look of stained glass with glass paint turns out beautifully. These unique candle holders make fantastic gifts that even kids can make! For more hand-painted candle holder ideas, click HERE.
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